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Wine Industry Lightens Up and Builds Bulk to Cut CO2 emissions

Post Time:Jun 06,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:367

CO2 emissions have been cut by over 28,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking more than 8,500 cars off the road, as a result of the groundbreaking industry programme GlassRite Wine.

The project, funded by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), and managed by trade confederation British Glass, shows that bulk importing of wine into the UK and the use of lighter weight bottles can lead to major environmental and business benefits for the wine industry.

The first phase of GlassRite Wine ran from Summer 2006 to March 2008 and involved an impressive list of UK retailers, major international wine brands, producers and agents, fillers and glass manufacturers. As a direct result of the initiative:

• CO2 emissions have been cut by over 28,000 tonnes per year as a combined result of bulk importing and use of lighter bottles;

• 199 million 75cl glass bottles are now filled with bulk imported wine each year in the UK instead of being bottled at source – an increase of 79 million glass bottles;

• the use of recycled glass has increased by nearly 24,000 tonnes per year, because (as a consequence of more bulk imported wine) more wine bottles are being made in the UK;

• glass packaging has been reduced by 11,400 tonnes per year as a result of wine being bottled in lighter weight bottles; and

• more than 350 different wine label bottles have been lightweighted during the project.

Nicola Jenkin, WRAP’s beverages category manager said: “This project has helped to kick-start a major change in the wine industry. In the past two years, lighter weight bottles have become a more regular feature on UK supermarket shelves. In addition, bulk importing is becoming a more mainstream alternative to bottling at source.

“GlassRite Wine has worked with the industry to illustrate that sustainable business practices do not have to compromise commercial values or quality. For example modern bulk importing methods mean wine is less susceptible to the temperature variations that could impair quality, while lighter weight bottles are often stronger than their heavier counterparts.”

More than 10 separate bulk importing and lightweighting initiatives were undertaken during the first phase, and included major UK retailers such as Asda, The Co-operative Group, Morrisons and Tesco; wine producers and brand owners such as Constellation Europe; glass manufacturers such as Quinn Glass; wine fillers such as Kingsland Wine & Spirits and logistics specialists such as Trans Ocean Distribution. WRAP have also worked, and continues to work, very closely with the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) who provide invaluable advice and support.

Andy Gale, Tesco category technical manager for Beers, Wines and Spirits said: “Glass is by far the heaviest component of our packaging waste and we believe we can make a substantial contribution to our target by reducing the weight of these containers.”

Following on from the successful initiation of GlassRite Phase I, WRAP will be building on this momentum by continuing with a second phase of work, running until November 2009. This phase will continue to encourage the increased uptake of bulk importation of wine into the UK, where feasible, and the use of lighter weight wine bottles.

Source: WRAP / British GlassAuthor: admin

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